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The wings of winter

Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center event highlights birds that don’t fly south when the weather gets cold

Get up close and personal with some birds of prey at a special program Jan. 25 at the Albany Area Visitor’s Center.

Get up close and personal with some birds of prey at a special program Jan. 25 at the Albany Area Visitor’s Center. Doria Quinn

While many people think most, if not all birds fly south for the winter, all you have to do is take a look out the window and see that quite a few feathered friends have hung around the Capital District through the snow and bitter cold.

The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center wants to show people of all ages just how many birds make their nests in New York through the winter months in their two-month long exhibit, “Snowbirds: Birds That Call New York State Home.”

IF YOU GO

• What: “Snowbirds: Birds That Call New York State Home”

• When: Through February; “Live Birds of Prey” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25

• Where: Albany Area Visitor’s Center, 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany

• How much: Free

• Info: www.albany.org/

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The exhibit runs through February and will feature all kinds of interesting activities about New York birds.

“It’s an opportunity to see an owl and a hawk,” said Carol Ann Margolis, education coordinator for Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center.

Although hawks and bald eagles can often be found flying above the Twin Bridges, and the owl most known for its role in Harry Potter — the snowy owl — has been spotted hanging around at the Albany Airport, people will get an up close and personal view of these birds at the exhibit’s free “Live Birds of Prey” event Saturday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY will present shows at 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m. in The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center theater.

“There will be three live animal shows with a lot of owls,” Margolis said. “I think, truthfully, live birds are what fascinates people. There is nothing like a live animal. To see these animals up close … it’s incredible.”

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